Man armed with handgun robs restaurant in Severn

August 13, 1996

A gunman robbed the Popeye's restaurant in Severn of an undisclosed amount of money, county police said.

Samneka Brandford, manager of the store in the 2600 block of Annapolis Road, said the bandit walked in about 10: 30 p.m. Sunday, went behind the counter and pulled out a long silver handgun, ordering employees to the floor.

The gunman handed Brandford a bag and ordered her to take all the money from the registers, police said. She complied, and the man fled toward a Denny's restaurant, police said.

The bandit was described as a black man with a light complexion, muscular build and black markings under both eyes. He was about 5 feet 7 inches tall, heavy set, and was wearing a gray shirt and blue sweat pants.

Man flees with money from hotel cash register

A man robbed a restaurant at the Laurel Holiday Inn hotel Saturday, fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money, county police said.

Witnesses told police they saw the man and a woman companion standing next to a cigarette machine at the hotel in the 3400 block of Fort Meade Road shortly after 2 p.m.

When the hotel restaurant cashier went into the kitchen, the man walked to the register, opened it and took all the 20-dollar bills.

An employee approached the man and grabbed him by the shirt. The robber told her it was better for her to leave him alone, and the employee let him go, police said.

The man and his accomplice toward the Maryland City Shopping Center, where another man was waiting in a car, police said. The employee chased the car as it sped off on Route 198 toward Prince George's County, but did not catch it. Police searched the area and did not find the bandits.

Police did not have a detailed description of the pair.

Pollution, snakes among topics of refuge programs

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract is offering several programs this month for youngsters and parents:

"Pollution Detectives," from 10: 30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. Wednesday. Children ages 8 to 10 will discover ways of detecting pollution that affects water quality that is not visible to the eye.

"Close Encounters of a Scaly Kind," from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. An evening of "snake lore" will be presented with live snakes. The program, for all ages, will be outdoors, so participants should bring a blanket or chair.

"Growing Pains," from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 10: 30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. Friday. Children ages 5 to 7 will learn about the different stages of growth of animals.

"Wildflower Walk," from 8: 30 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. Sunday. Participants should bring a wildflower book on this guided walk for age 16 and older.

Registration is required for these free programs.

Information: 674-3304.

Pub Date: 8/13/96

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